Johnstown Primary School Crowned BookSlam Champions

12 Jun 2015

A team of avid readers from Johnstown Primary School, Carmarthenshire, were recently crowned the 2015 Champions of BookSlam, the Welsh Books Council’s annual reading competition for children.

The National Round, held in Brecon this week, saw hundreds of pupils from primary schools throughout Wales competing for the National Championship. Their task was to impress the judges in two rounds, namely a 10 minute discussion and an 8 minute dramatic presentation based on their chosen books.

At the end of an exciting day Johnstown School, Carmarthenshire was crowned BookSlam Champions, having impressed the discussion judge with their knowledge of Teabag the Magnificent and the Road to Wembley by Neil Morgan. In the presentation round they wowed the judge with their colourful interpretation of Paul Manship’s novel Charlie Underwood Fights Back.

During the day’s activities, children and teachers also enjoyed an excellent session with award-winning guest author and artist Shoo Rayner, the author of several books for children, including Dragon Gold published by Firefly Press.

Medi Jones-Jackson, Children’s Books and Reading Promotion Officer at the Books Council, said:  "The aim of BookSlam is simple: to get children from all over Wales reading. By analysing and performing what they have read, they are able to use their imagination and breathe life into some of the wonderful children’s books we have here in Wales. It was a great pleasure to see the children brimming with enthusiasm during the national round of BookSlam, and our thanks go to the dedicated and hard-working county organisers, teachers and other supporters that make these events possible."

The 2015 runners-up were Ferryside, Carmarthenshire, and Sully Primary School, Cardiff won third place. Thanks to the support of publishers Pont, Y Lolfa, Firefly and Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, every child who took part in the competition was invited to choose a free book to take home as a memento of the day.

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